Individual access to technology is not something that should happen in a few rooms around a college. It should be for everyone, everywhere and anytime.
BYOD is not future technology, it’s the present. Our students embrace mobile phones, the Internet and personalised technology. It will be their future working and learning experience.
Students are used to having access to the Internet at all times, in all places, college should not be the exception. We want our students to have access to the greatest source of information ever assembled and to study in their own innovative and personalised ways.
We need to make full and effective use of technical learning tools and want to make the educational experience for students at S6C as varied, dynamic and stimulating as possible.
Salisbury 6th Form College operates a ‘BYOD’ policy for all students attending the college. All students are expected to have a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ with them at all times during the college day. This should not be a mobile phone (although we actively encourage their use at appropriate times).
We do not specify a particular device to purchase, but it should be light and portable, have a psychical keyboard, have good battery life (greater than six hours) and preferably be ‘instant on’ so lessons start on time and teachers don’t have to wait for devices to load. The ideal S6C BYOD laptop is a Google Chromebook or Microsoft Surface.
Please find some example devices below.
S6C Recommended Device
Chromebooks are a very good light option and have great battery life and instant on. They should be used for subjects where access to the internet is required with document writing (the majority of our courses).
They are a cloud based laptop (which means students can’t lose their work!), but are nonetheless a very good device at a cheaper price and integrate very well with our network and classroom facilities. They offer excellent battery life and instant on, enabling lessons to start on time. They are available in rugged form suitable for student use. Other benefits of Chromebooks include having antivirus built in to the operating system and automatically updating their security in the background, meaning students are always up to date and safe.
Google Chromebooks have the added advantage that they start from £150 and are just as fast and responsive at this price point, as £500. The higher price devices usually have bigger and better screens and this is what differentiates them across the price band. Some Chromebooks also support touch and have pens. Newer devices allow installation of Android apps from the Google Play Store.
A Google Chromebook is a good first choice for a BYOD device at S6C except in the specialist subjects listed below. It will support students in the majority of lessons and still be usable for another three years after leaving S6C and moving to University.
A Microsoft Surface device is an alternative option if you would prefer to get a Windows based device. We’d recommend avoiding the base model with the 64GB SSD as there is not a lot of space to install additional programs that may be needed at college or university.
Please be aware that some specialist subjects may have different requirements for BYOD devices, such as Computer Science, Photography and Media.
Students should check with their subject teachers if any specialist equipment is needed before purchasing a Chromebook.
Digital Media / Photography: Apple iMacs running Windows 10 are available in the classroom. Students would benefit from having a device at home capable of running Abode Creative Cloud, so that project work can be completed outside of lesson time. A suitable device for this is a Microsoft Surface Pro, this can be used as a BYOD device in other lessons as well. Having a Surface laptop available is beneficial for completing assignments and homework etc outside of lesson both on and offsite.
Computer Science: Students will need a device capable of running Windows 10 to complete the computer science course. The recommended device is a Microsoft Surface Pro Laptop with keyboard cover and pen. This device is an investment and will take them on to University and the world of work, if required. For other Windows devices, it would be beneficial to have a minimum of 128GB SSD (avoid the base model Surface Go with 64GB as this will not have enough space to install all the required programs), 8GB Ram and a core i3 processor. Pen and touch input devices are very beneficial and used for design work. The laptop should be capable of running for six hours on battery as charging points are sparse in the classrooms. A light laptop is a bonus as we need students to bring them to every lesson. You do not need to purchase Microsoft Office, as students will get access to download this free of charge. The built in anti-virus from Microsoft is also suitable protection from viruses (we run the college on it) and you do not need to purchase any additional anti-virus software even if the shops say you should.
S6C offers a bursary scheme to assist with the full cost of these devices. Further information can be obtained from email@example.com
My Son / Daughter already has a suitable device
S6C is very happy for students to bring their current device to college as long as it meets the BYOD requirements and you are not obliged to purchase a new device just for college (although you may be told this).
Please remember a college day lasts at least six hours and the device your son/daughter brings in should be capable of lasting this long on a single charge as we don’t have facilities for everybody to plug in devices during lessons.
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If you require and further information or would like to talk to someone about BYOD, then please feel free to contact the college on 01722 597970.